GREEN BAY – The summer sun at Green Bay's 32nd annual Artstreet festival is where the season begins to come to an end for Don Matczak and Laura DeValk.
"You get older – that just seems normal," said Matczak of the fast seasons.
"The clock just ticks away – way too fast," said DeValk.
Ticking away, seemingly, as fast as time has passed in their relationship.
"How long have you been dating?" FOX 11's Bill Miston asked.
"Well, whatever you want to say," Matczak said laughing, turning to Laura.
"You know!" DeValk responded.
Spending time together – outside – is how the couple of five years (both retired) likes to spend their summers. But signs are everywhere that fall and eventually winter is just down the road.
"Fall is kind of looking that it's coming,” said Matczak. “You can almost feel that too. I don't know, but that's the way it is."
Despite a fairly temperate August, a warm up is coming. And it looks like the "dog days of summer" aren't going down quietly.
"I like the 70s, he likes the 80s,” said DeValk. “But I don't care for the 90s."
If August wasn't hot enough for you, there's plenty of people willing to make it just a little bit hotter at the 30th annual Bellevue East Town Optimists chili cook off. Money raised from the competition goes to fund the club's work with area children.
"We start at six o'clock in the morning," explained one of the competitors Chris Zittlow. “My chili is essentially all 100 percent from our garden."
For Zittlow, his chili is a passion – from the homemade chili powder up. And he doesn't see any issues with the obvious irony of holding a chili cooking contest in August – let alone eating any.
"I mean, it's no different than going to a 'Booyah,'" said Zittlow.
“Are you guys nuts for holding a chili cook off in August – it's supposed to be 90 degrees today?" Miston asked one of the event organizers and Bellevue Optimist, Dale Larsen.
"Well this will be one of the warmest chili cook offs we've had!" he said.
Call him an optimist, but Larsen says he's pretty sure this expected warm up won't be the last of the year – and it won't be from the chili.
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